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#1 CCFlyer

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:30 AM

Hi I just want to put this out there .. a new fun run event for the Coffs Coast. The Coffs Harbour Half Marathon, plus 10km, 5km & 2.5km on 25 Sept 2011. Trail Run. Would love to know if anyone is thinking about coming along. http://www.coffshalfmarathon.org.au

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 01:45 PM

I'm a local. I train on the Coffs Creek trail all the time. I'll be there if I'm not injured. I'm looking foward to it, and have already entered.

Will the walkway be open in September? They are taking a long time upgrading it for cyclists.

Edited by Quinkin, 14 May 2011 - 01:46 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2011 - 02:37 PM

A bit of a hike from Tamworth, but likewise would definitely be interested in running one of the distances if not injured. Didn't realise it was a a trail-run? Is the course mostly flat?

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 04:12 PM

I've put this in my calendar to consider closer to the date if I'm free

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:22 PM

View PostQuinkin, on 14 May 2011 - 01:45 PM, said:

I'm a local. I train on the Coffs Creek trail all the time. I'll be there if I'm not injured. I'm looking foward to it, and have already entered.

Will the walkway be open in September? They are taking a long time upgrading it for cyclists.


Walkway will be ready. Council is a sponsor of the race!

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:25 PM

View PostCanons, on 14 May 2011 - 02:37 PM, said:

A bit of a hike from Tamworth, but likewise would definitely be interested in running one of the distances if not injured. Didn't realise it was a a trail-run? Is the course mostly flat?

Yes mostly flat - course runs around Coffs Creek. A couple of little hills but nothing to get too concerned about. Maps are available on the website.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:11 PM

Looks lovely! I think I can feel another half marathon girl's camping weekend away coming on. :-)

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 08:56 PM

looking forward to my first half marathon at this event. Can't wait!

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Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:28 PM

Wow, very cheap half marathon in my old home town. Not sure about the course, definitely won't be too hilly.
With Monas as ambassador and also running it should draw a crowd. It will be interesting to see if he races or just cruises along with the masses.

I would like to run, but not sure how I could explain the need to be in town on that weekend.....

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 10:40 AM

Would love to come home and run this, but a tear to my patella tendon and a possible op to remove a piece of bone that has broken away from the top of my shin bone on the same leg (thanks to osgood schlatters disease as a kid) will probably make this unlikely. Haven't run now since the Brissie twilight half on March 20 and not due to see specialist until June 22.

This should be a great event. Race organiser Mick Maley is a tireless worker for charity in Coffs. He's been heavily involved previously in the annual Jetty swims and was the instigator in starting the Bananacoast Life Education kids/senior triathlon in Coffs many, many years ago - both very successful events. He even got Monas to one of these kids' day and he was a big hit back then.

There's a great running community in Coffs and I hope this event draws a big field as Coffs has been crying out for an event like this for years.

Maybe I will get back there, even if it's just for a walk.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:04 PM

Just out of curiosity are there km markers on the course?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:19 PM

View Postmicma, on 17 May 2011 - 06:04 PM, said:

Just out of curiosity are there km markers on the course?

That's a good question - I'll raise it with the organising committee and try to make it happen. The 1/2 Marathon is a two lap course so we'll have to make allowance for that with sign posting.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 08:42 PM

thanks CCFlyer. Looking forward to running at coffs!

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 07:16 PM

I notice the 10km race starts at 7:30, HM at 8:00am. Do you think there might be some congestion with HM runners when they catch up to the 10km runners. There isn't lot of room on the trail. Perhaps the HM should start early and be finished to minimise a clash with other races?

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 10:05 PM

View PostQuinkin, on 26 May 2011 - 07:16 PM, said:

I notice the 10km race starts at 7:30, HM at 8:00am. Do you think there might be some congestion with HM runners when they catch up to the 10km runners. There isn't lot of room on the trail. Perhaps the HM should start early and be finished to minimise a clash with other races?


The 1/2 starts 30 mins after the 10 plus it does a couple of laps around the showground oval before heading off to the trail. Many of the 10km runners will be finished before being caught by the 1/2 leaders. The slower 10k'ers will be well strung out by that point anyway and passing shouldn't be too difficult. It's important from a timing point of view that the 10km runners are all finished before the 1/2 runners finish. All race start times have been given careful consideration by the race committee for a good flow across the day without clashes at the finish line and are now locked in. Thanks for your comments though.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

View PostCCFlyer, on 28 May 2011 - 10:05 PM, said:

The 1/2 starts 30 mins after the 10 plus it does a couple of laps around the showground oval before heading off to the trail. Many of the 10km runners will be finished before being caught by the 1/2 leaders. The slower 10k'ers will be well strung out by that point anyway and passing shouldn't be too difficult. It's important from a timing point of view that the 10km runners are all finished before the 1/2 runners finish. All race start times have been given careful consideration by the race committee for a good flow across the day without clashes at the finish line and are now locked in. Thanks for your comments though.

Cheers CC, I guess the slower 10kers will get a thrill when Steve Moneghetti overtakes them. That is as close at I will get to seeing him in the race except for the start.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 02:27 PM

Just wondering how's everyone training going for this event? Just started doing the longrun on saturday 21km or two hours which ever comes first. Next week I'll either go upto the 32.4km long run or 25km depends how I feel. Considering this will be my first half marathon i'm pretty excited. Legs are going well eating right and just enjoying running.
  ccflyer any word on if the course will be marked?

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:56 PM

I've spoken to Mick about the course markings and he's agreed that it's a good idea. It's now in the hands of the Rotary club - I'm hopeful that they will happen. Sounds like your training is going well. I'm pretty much on track too (apart from a fall 8 days ago that cost me a week's training!) - my long runs are 'only' about 27km, but enough for a 21k race. Doing the Gold Coast 1/2 this weekend.  :Big Grin:

Now confirmed that course markers will be out on course, nicely colour coded for the different events too.

Edited by CCFlyer, 18 July 2011 - 04:13 PM.


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Posted 27 June 2011 - 10:29 PM

Does anyone know what run Monners is doing? Assuming it's the half.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 02:26 PM

Thanks CCflyer. Goodluck at the GC half marathon. What time are you aiming for?
I'll have to put the gold coast half on my list next year.

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Posted 05 July 2011 - 07:26 PM

Rainlover, monners was a guest runner at a regional event in qld last july and he was great.  Ran in the 10k, not the half,  but did it in about. 31mins, winning easy,  ran with the kids in their race,  then spoke real well afterwards.  Money well spent!

Hope to be down there in Sept myself.

Edited by Unlikelyrunner, 05 July 2011 - 07:27 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2011 - 08:50 PM

Will be a great race this one, there will be a significant trail component and for those after scenics will absolutely love it. Not fast, I suspect, but anything but dull.

Watch out for the odd skittish Water Dragon sliding into the water, Land Mullet rustling off into the undergrowth and the occasional Swamp Wallaby browsing near the creek in these parts. Glossy Black Cockatoos sometimes watch on from the She Oaks on the course. The plump Red-bellied Black Snake and the swift Yellow-faced Whip Snake will no doubt go into hiding with so many thundering feet.

Swamp Oaks sigh in the breeze, and Scribbly Gums and Blackbutts stand tall around the trail. Peacocks and Seals shout encouragement from the Pet Porpoise Pool.

OK I'll stop now.

regards Harry Butler.

Edited by Quinkin, 05 July 2011 - 08:56 PM.


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Posted 06 July 2011 - 12:53 PM

Quinkin. Mate hearing that makes me love the country even more. I wonder if i can run with my olympus camera and take some shots on the run? It's a little camera. Anything in the rules about running with a camera? Or maybe the sensible thing to do is have someone take some shots stationary. Yeah that sounds better. Hope the weather is good around that time. fingers crossed.(didn't cross em hard enough for the south west rocks run)

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:15 AM

View Postmicma, on 06 July 2011 - 12:53 PM, said:

Quinkin. Mate hearing that makes me love the country even more. I wonder if i can run with my olympus camera and take some shots on the run? It's a little camera. Anything in the rules about running with a camera? Or maybe the sensible thing to do is have someone take some shots stationary. Yeah that sounds better. Hope the weather is good around that time. fingers crossed.(didn't cross em hard enough for the south west rocks run)

I think a camera would be fine, you could take it for a stroll on your warm up. It's starting to dry out up here after a rainy winter so far.

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 03:52 PM

Thinking seriously about doing this event, but taking the next few weeks off to recover after the GCM. Should be a beautiful course, but the narrowness of the Creek trail i think will make passing quite difficult, and maybe even dangerous. Does this clash with the Bleuberry Duathlon at Corindi?

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:46 PM

I'm keen to run in this. It will be my first half in over 15 years!!! Should be a lovely course to run.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 06:15 PM

Hi, first post on here.
I'm hoping to enter the 1/2, depending on how recovery from the GC Marathon and training goes. I'm also recruiting a few people from work to enter the shorter races. See you there!

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 09:44 PM

View PostUnlikelyrunner, on 05 July 2011 - 07:26 PM, said:

Rainlover, monners was a guest runner at a regional event in qld last july and he was great.  Ran in the 10k, not the half,  but did it in about. 31mins, winning easy,  ran with the kids in their race,  then spoke real well afterwards.  Money well spent!

Hope to be down there in Sept myself.

How cool is he to do that with the kids. Now a bigger fan and really inspired. Im hoping he'll do the c2s in his commentarary position yet still up there with the front runners. One wonders what time he'd be doing without mic in hand.

Edited by Rainlover, 16 July 2011 - 09:45 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:10 PM

View Postmicma, on 28 June 2011 - 02:26 PM, said:

Thanks CCflyer. Goodluck at the GC half marathon. What time are you aiming for?
I'll have to put the gold coast half on my list next year.

Sorry for late reply - goal time was sub 90, ended up with 87:16 so very pleased  :yahoo:

View Postsaynotoseachangers, on 08 July 2011 - 03:52 PM, said:

Thinking seriously about doing this event, but taking the next few weeks off to recover after the GCM. Should be a beautiful course, but the narrowness of the Creek trail i think will make passing quite difficult, and maybe even dangerous. Does this clash with the Bleuberry Duathlon at Corindi?

Quite a bit of work has been done on widening the trail and also smoothing out some of the rougher sections, passing shouldn't be too much trouble.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:26 PM

View PostCCFlyer, on 18 July 2011 - 04:10 PM, said:

Sorry for late reply - goal time was sub 90, ended up with 87:16 so very pleased  :yahoo:



Quite a bit of work has been done on widening the trail and also smoothing out some of the rougher sections, passing shouldn't be too much trouble.

Monster effort! I'd be over the moon with that time.
    I'm aiming for sub 90mins. I'll also settle if it's under 100mins. My weekly mileage is on track to run atleast 80km this week. Well barring any injuries. Still tossing up whether to do the long run of 26km or aim for the 30km. last week it was 25km long run.
From the look of all the photos on the website it's going to be a great run.

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 07:55 PM

Hi I'm new :)
Thinking of entering as I'm local but don't know whether to do the 10k or half.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:09 AM

View Postsweeti3, on 04 August 2011 - 07:55 PM, said:

Hi I'm new :)
Thinking of entering as I'm local but don't know whether to do the 10k or half.


How many km's do you run in a normal week? What's the furthest distance you have run in the last 3 months?

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 07:15 PM

View PostCCFlyer, on 05 August 2011 - 08:09 AM, said:

How many km's do you run in a normal week? What's the furthest distance you have run in the last 3 months?

Well that's the thing, I don't really do too much running. Only run home from work about 2-3 times a week which is only 5km. The furthest I run is 7km on a weekend and I only do that every so often but I find it relatively easy. I do go to the gym weekdays at 6am and do Pump, RPM or circuit training plus I'm young. I just think 10km won't be that much of a challenge but then 21 seems like way too far.

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:10 PM

View Postsweeti3, on 05 August 2011 - 07:15 PM, said:

Well that's the thing, I don't really do too much running. Only run home from work about 2-3 times a week which is only 5km. The furthest I run is 7km on a weekend and I only do that every so often but I find it relatively easy. I do go to the gym weekdays at 6am and do Pump, RPM or circuit training plus I'm young. I just think 10km won't be that much of a challenge but then 21 seems like way too far.


21 is a big step up from 7k .... I'd suggest running a few 10's and then training up to a 15k before trying the 1/2 distance. One thing I've learnt is too much too soon = injury!!

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 03:43 PM

Just an update for everyone .. the work on the trail is almost complete and it's all looking very good. Trail has been widened, bridge sections installed and rough patches/exposed roots etc have been smoothed out. Over 300 online entries received so far and still 6 weeks to go. Best to get your entries in soon to avoid disappointment! Look forward to seeing you all there.

Updated photo's etc on the website.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:47 PM

View PostCCFlyer, on 11 August 2011 - 03:43 PM, said:

Just an update for everyone .. the work on the trail is almost complete and it's all looking very good. Trail has been widened, bridge sections installed and rough patches/exposed roots etc have been smoothed out. Over 300 online entries received so far and still 6 weeks to go. Best to get your entries in soon to avoid disappointment! Look forward to seeing you all there.

Updated photo's etc on the website.

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Did you take those photos when you were running the trail, CCFlyer? The focus is great for someone doing sub minute kilometres ;-)

Wildlife sighting: - I observed a Red-necked Wallaby near one of the bridges on the trail a few days ago.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:51 PM

View PostQuinkin, on 11 August 2011 - 06:47 PM, said:

Did you take those photos when you were running the trail, CCFlyer? The focus is great for someone doing sub minute kilometres ;-)

Wildlife sighting: - I observed a Red-necked Wallaby near one of the bridges on the trail a few days ago.

Spotted him myself the other day! Plenty of bush turkeys too.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:03 PM

Just entered! This will be my first 1/2 marathon, so pretty excited but also a bit nervous, but still lots of training runs til then  :)

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 03:22 PM

View PostMightyMonkey, on 17 August 2011 - 02:03 PM, said:

Just entered! This will be my first 1/2 marathon, so pretty excited but also a bit nervous, but still lots of training runs til then  :)

Good luck on your first half MightyMonkey. Do you have a goal time in mind or just looking to finish?

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 01:43 PM

Just enterd the 10km here in Coffs, also had a training run on the course looks great heaps of room and a beautifuf outlook for a fun run. Looking forward to the eveny on the 25th September.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:24 PM

I ran the course today and it was magic…. such a beautiful run along the water's edge with the added bonus of being flat and shady. And thanks to council, the new floating boardwalks mean it doesn't get boggy after the rain.

Apparently the race has almost reached capacity so if you’re thinking of entering and haven’t already you’d better hurry.

Quinkin…you forgot to mention the koalas and blue tongues that can often be spotted along the way ☺

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 06:51 PM

View Postrunwithme, on 29 August 2011 - 09:24 PM, said:

I ran the course today and it was magic…. such a beautiful run along the water's edge with the added bonus of being flat and shady. And thanks to council, the new floating boardwalks mean it doesn't get boggy after the rain.

Apparently the race has almost reached capacity so if you’re thinking of entering and haven’t already you’d better hurry.

Quinkin…you forgot to mention the koalas and blue tongues that can often be spotted along the way ☺

Yes, that's right, there are Koalas too, runwithme. I've seen them sometimes walking to work. The wilflowers are also starting to blossom at the moment. A great time of year.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:23 PM

I signed up for the 'chat with Monas' we as runners are very lucky to have the opportunity to listen to a champion athlete and Aussie such as Steve Moneghetti. I am privillaged to say I have already had the pleasure of being at one of his presentations a few years back and to me it was well worth it both from a competitors point of view and in my overall life experiences as well. You have got to check it out.

I also have run into the odd koala on the walkway makes it all worth while.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:26 PM

Just booked my ticket for the 'Chat with Monas'. Looking forward to meeting him and getting some training advice and last minute race tips.
There are only 100 tickets and I’m sure they'll all go.
For tickets and more info.... www.coffshalfmarathon.org.au

There seems to be a great buzz about the Coffs Half Marathon and fun runs and as far as I know it's the first time Coffs has hosted a running event like this. Lots of non-runners have signed up for the shorter distances too which is great to see. Let's hope it's the start of something really big for Coffs.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:11 PM

CCFlyer have you heard or do you know how many people have entered the individual runs at this stage? There seems to be alot more people running and walking around Coffs at the moment and heaps of them on the creek walkway. I noticed that the workers are patching up the last section of the walkway.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:52 PM

Ran into Mick Malley the guy who is organising the half marathon here in Coffs on the weekend while I was jogging on the track around the creek that the event is being conducted on. He was saying that the number of enteries has been great with people coming from all over and all ages. The half marathon and 10km run have already exceeded his expectations on numbers.

I told him I was on this forum and he asked me to mention the 'Marathon Chat with Monas' has still got some seats available if anyone wishes to come along and listen to a true Aussie Legend in Steve Moneghetti. All inormation can be found on his web site www.coffshalfmarathon.org.au This is really looking like a must do event and that is coming from a Coffs local.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:21 PM

View Posthappyfoot, on 12 September 2011 - 05:52 PM, said:

Ran into Mick Malley the guy who is organising the half marathon here in Coffs on the weekend while I was jogging on the track around the creek that the event is being conducted on. He was saying that the number of enteries has been great with people coming from all over and all ages. The half marathon and 10km run have already exceeded his expectations on numbers.

I told him I was on this forum and he asked me to mention the 'Marathon Chat with Monas' has still got some seats available if anyone wishes to come along and listen to a true Aussie Legend in Steve Moneghetti. All inormation can be found on his web site www.coffshalfmarathon.org.au This is really looking like a must do event and that is coming from a Coffs local.


Looks like we're going to get over 300 runners for the 1/2. There's about 400 other entries across the other events so far so it's going to be massive. Potentially close to 1000 by the time the schools get there entries in for the 2.5km race.

I'm going to the Chat with Monas as well - really looking forward to it.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 07:00 AM

A quick update on Coffs Half Marathon:::

Great numbers getting very close to a total of 1200 participants.

360 in the Half Marathon including Steve Moneghetti.

350 in the 10km run

300 in the 5km run/walk

150 in the 2.5km run/walk

Online entries have closed but you can still enter on Saturday afternoon between 2.00pm & 4.00pm at the early registrations at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds.

Late entries will also be taken up to 30 minutes before the race starts on Sunday at an extra fee of $10.

Still a few seats left for 'A Marathon Chat with Monas" on Saturday afternoon at 5.00pm at the Coffs Showgrounds Jordon Pavillon.

ALL INFORMATION AT www.coffshalfmarathon.org.au

Weather report is for a perfect day in Coffs this Sunday.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 07:57 AM

The weather is absolutely spectacular. It will quite warm and humid along the trail by race time. I reckon careful pacing, wearing light coloured clothing and a hat, and taking on plenty of water will be the go.

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:37 PM

View PostQuinkin, on 23 September 2011 - 07:57 AM, said:

The weather is absolutely spectacular. It will quite warm and humid along the trail by race time. I reckon careful pacing, wearing light coloured clothing and a hat, and taking on plenty of water will be the go.
hi mate, taking on water may be easier than expected with a storm bearing down on us have to rethink which shoes to get muddy, was gonna catch up with you today but will tommorrow no doubt.